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February 18, 2014 > Contests for deaf and hard-of-hearing students

Contests for deaf and hard-of-hearing students

Submitted By Greg Livadas

Deaf and hard-of-hearing students are eligible to compete for cash prizes and more in national contests sponsored by Rochester Institute of Technology, home to the National Technical Institute for the Deaf.

The SpiRIT Writing Contest, now in its 7th year, encourages deaf and hard-of-hearing high school students to use the power of the written word. The contest will award the winners Ð two 10th and two 11th graders Ð their choice of a scholarship and travel expenses to the Explore Your Future program at NTID, or $500. EYF is a six-day summer career exploration program for deaf and hard-of-hearing students that give them the opportunity to sample different careers as well as college life.

Complete contest guidelines and entry information are available at For more information, contact or call (585) 475-7695 (voice) or videophone (585) 286-4555.

The second national competition is RITÕs annual Digital Arts, Film and Animation Competition for high school students who are deaf or hard-of-hearing. Students in grades 9 - 12 can compete for a $250 cash prize in each category.

The competition recognizes studentsÕ artistic expression with awards in the following categories: film, graphic media, interactive media, photo imaging, 3-D animation and Web page design. Students may submit up to two entries.

Online entry forms, contest rules and other details are available at
The deadline to enter either competition is March 17.

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